A Low Carb Vegetarian Thanksgiving – Recipe Roundup

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It’s amazing how many people cannot fathom the idea that Thanksgiving needn’t feature a turkey and lots of high carb sides. But when you’re both a vegetarian and have diabetes (like me), or you’re on a Low Carb Plant Based (LCPB) diet for any reason, you need alternatives.

I scoured the web for a menu I could put together containing JUST low carb vegetarian options. Most recipe roundups feature EITHER low carb recipes (many of which contain meat) OR vegetarian recipes (many of which contain a lot of carbs). Mine is different in that all of these qualify as both low carb AND vegetarian.

I was also focusing on selecting as many recipes that hearken back to traditional dishes as I could. So you’ll find things like a low carb version of candied yams. And there’s a low carb pecan pie. I listed several options for a vegetarian main dish, so you can take your pick.

Finally, I was determined to showcase a variety of sites and blogs, so I tried to make each recipe come from a different one. There are a couple of sites that show up more than once, because they had so many recipes that sounded amazing. Definitely add all of these sites to your list of places to check ongoingly for more low carb vegetarian recipes.

These recipes could form YOUR Thanksgiving menu if you’re the one hosting this year (selecting from one of the many entree ideas I’ve provided below), or you can pick and choose, to round out your traditional menu. If you’re attending someone else’s Thanksgiving, choose one or more of these as your contribution to their table. And if you are hosting someone else with low carb vegetarian needs, you could surprise them by providing one or more of these recipes. They’ll be delighted!

Note that I have not personally tried many of these recipes, but I have reviewed them for suitability for a LCPB diet. In some cases, I’ve added notes about where a substitution may need to be made in order to get it in alignment with a LCPB diet (see my MOD notes).

Another important thing to note is that many of these recipes are NOT vegan, as they may contain cheese, cream, eggs, and other non-vegan-appropriate ingredients.

Do be sure to let us know in the comments if you try any of these and how you and your guests liked it. Feel free to share pictures of your LCPB dishes or Thanksgiving table spreads on our Facebook page!




Fried Mozzarella Balls from Peace Love and Low Carb

(MOD: Substitute almond meal/flour for both the panko and the crushed pork rinds in the coating.)

Sugar Free Sweet Candied Bourbon Pecans from Sugarfree Mom

Baked Brie from Keto Adapted / Maria Mind Body Health




Sour Cream & Cheddar Mashed Cauliflower from All Day I Dream About Food

Candied Yams with Marshmallows from Keto Diet App

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin from Wholesome Yum

(MOD: Omit the bacon bits)

Green Bean Casserole from Peace Love and Low Carb

(MOD: Substitute veggie stock for the chicken stock)

Southern Cornbread Stuffing from Buttoni’s Low Carb Recipes

(MOD: substitute a vegetarian broth for the chicken broth)

If you’ve gotta have your cornbread stuffing, this is a good alternative to the traditional, high carb variety. But if you don’t mind trying something different and want or need to stick to an even lower carb count, then check out the next recipe by the same cook.

Eggplant Jicama Stuffing from Buttoni’s Low Carb Recipes

(MOD: substitute a vegetarian broth for the chicken broth)




Stuffed Butternut Squash from Well Plated

Although quinoa is generally accepted a low carb alternative to grains, it still spikes the blood sugar in some people. So if this applies to you, please select a different entree from this list. Also note that this beautiful and colorful dish includes “reduced sugar dried cranberries.” Again, you know your body and dietary needs best, so make your own decisions in this regard. I just want to point out the possible issues.

Kale Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms by Oh My Veggies

(MOD: sub gluten-free option for panko, such as almond flour)

Warm Autumn Tart with Gluten-free Crust from Green Kitchen Stories

(MOD: Substitute arrowroot powder, almond or coconut flour, xantham gum, or another low-carb starch alternative)

Pumpkin Chili from Julia’s Album

Classic Vegetarian Nut Loaf from The Kitchen

This recipe contains wine/sherry and wild rice, so it might be over the carb limit if you’re on an ultra-low carb diet. Alternatively, you could probably substitute cauli-rice and apple cider or vanilla extract for the sherry (look up the conversions to make sure you get the right taste.)

Sweet Potatoes Crusted Spinach Quiche from Sweet as Honey

Pumpkin Stuffed with Vegetable Stew from Epicurious

This is my personal favorite! Click the link and just look at that amazing centerpiece entree. With that on the table, the lack of a turkey wouldn’t be as noticeable, don’t you agree?




Easy Low Carb Chocolate Pumpkin Pie from Ditch the Carbs

No Bake Low Carb Pumpkin Pie from Low Carb Maven

This recipe contains whey protein powder and gelatin, and so may not be suitable for all types of vegetarian diets. The previous recipe might be better for you if those two ingredients in this one are a problem for you.

The nice thing about this recipe is that she gives several different options for low carb pie crusts. So even if you don’t go with this pumpkin pie recipe, check those out!

Caramel Pecan Pie Squares from Low Carb Maven

This recipe also calls for whey protein powder. For vegetarians who don’t eat whey, you might try substituting a vegetarian protein powder. Or just go for a different dessert option.

Low Carb Chocolate Ganache Macaroon Pie from All Day I Dream About Food

Chayote Squash Mock Apple Pie from Low Carb Yum

Happy Thanksgiving!

May our mouths feel satisfied and our bellies feel full!

© Rebecca Dugas 2018 All Rights Reserved

Written by Rebecca Dugas

I am the original Diabetic Herbivore. I created this site to help others who live with diabetes and have chosen a plant-based diet to find recipes, resources, education, and support. The information here will also be helpful to anyone who chooses to eat more low carb and/or more vegetables. I believe we all should be able to feel full and satisfied no matter what food choices we make, or for whatever reason we make them.

Website: http://www.diabeticherbivore.com

2 thoughts on “A Low Carb Vegetarian Thanksgiving – Recipe Roundup

    1. I really look forward to trying that one out, especially with your detailed description of how to deal with that unusual squash! I’ve tried several of your recipes. You’re one of my favorites! Which means I’m super honored that you’ve now visited my baby site. 🙂

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